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Confederate sub’s weapon killed its own crew, researchers find

August 24th, 2017

The Confederate submarine CSS H. L. Hunley bears the distinction of being the first submarine to ever sink an enemy ship. But the Hunley, a work of state-of-the-art engineering for its time, never returned from that mission on February 17, 1864. Instead, after exploding a “torpedo” below the waterline of the Union sloop-of-war USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, the sub was lost at sea. 

Just how the sub was lost had been a mystery for over a century. The Hunley would not be found again until it was discovered on the floor of Charleston Bay in 1995. The sub was recovered five years later—largely intact, with the remains of its crew all at their stations. Based on the findings of Clemson University archaeologists who examined and restored the sub, it did not appear any attempt was made by the crew to escape.

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PSA: Watch Captain America punch Iron Man in first Civil War film trailer

November 25th, 2015

Captain America: Civil War trailer

It might not be The Avengers 3, but next May’s Captain America: Civil War already appears ready to reuse Marvel films’ current flagship actors for another summer blockbuster. Not to add to the hype machine or anything, but this one looks pretty good so far. The film’s first trailer debuted on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live—assumedly before it pops up on cinema screens throughout the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend—and featured Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Cap trading barbs and blows.

Other returning Marvel mainstays in the trailer include Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and what appears to be the smoldering remains of Don Cheadle’s War Machine suit. The trailer sets up the film’s central conflict, as the Cap wants to protect his brother, Bucky “Winter Soldier” Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan), from official capture and finds himself labeled a vigilante as a result. This setup differs from the superhero-registration plot that sparked the 2006 crossover comic book series. Considering that series heavily involved the X-Men and Spiderman, whose movie rights are still in other studios’ hands, we’re not shocked to see a different potential treatment.

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